While we are in lockdown due to the Coronavirus Pandemic there are so many things that we are unable to do during these unusual times. Whatever the new normal will look like is anyone’s guess. However, members of the Rotary Club of Bournemouth North are still trying to do what they can as you would expect, keeping in touch with the Charities and other good causes in the area that we normally support, albeit from a distance.
Since lockdown began the Club are pleased to announce that we have been able to support the following –
KINSON FOOD BANK
BNRC have been a regular supporter of the Kinson Food Bank over a number of years and we are pleased to have been able to donate the sum of £322 to help purchase essential supplies that will compliment the very generous gifts made by the general public each week. This will make a total of £1,000 that the club have been able to contribute during the past year. During a time of increased demand, the food bank has been finding it particularly difficult due to many of the regular volunteers having to self-isolate or go into shielding due to age or underlying health problems.
DORSET CHILDRENS FOUNDATION
The Dorset Children’s Foundation is a very special charity supporting children who have serious difficulties and problems. The amazing support provided by DCF is just fantastic and Bournemouth North Rotary Club have been proud supporters for a number of years. We are therefore especially pleased to have donated a further sum of £500 at this time. This is a particularly critical time for DCF as none of the 3 charity shops that they are so dependent on have been able to open during lockdown.
MACMILLAN CARING LOCALLY
Following the very successful Robbie Williams Tribute night organised by the Bournemouth North Rotary Club in March at the Village Hotel, the club are pleased to have donated the sum of £525 to the Macmillan Caring Locally Charity based at Christchurch Hospital. Once again this is an amazing Charity that the club have been supporting for a number of years and we are proud to have been able to continue our support during these difficult times.
GIRDIHAR EYE INSTITUTE, KERALA
Ramesh Lal the proprietor of KC Opticians, 1553, Wimborne Road, Kinson has for some time been supporting a charity based at the Girdihar Eye Institute in Kerala, India where cataract operations can be carried out on the poor for a cost of £10. When you consider that a private cataract operation in the UK would cost in excess of £1000 this is fantastically good value. Ramesh drew the attention of the Rotary Club of Bournemouth North to the support he was giving to this eye hospital and the Rotarians were able to support him with a donation of £100, this will provide sight to ten people in Kerala completely changing their life chances.